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UPDATE: Pacific Power also restored all service cut to prevent wildfires over the weekend.

Power has been restored to thousands of PGE and Pacific Power customers after planned outrages to reduce fire danger.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Most customers had their power back by Sunday.At its peak, about 40,000 customers were without power. PGE said service was restored to all 37,000 customers on Sunday, Sept. 11.

"PGE appreciates our customers' patience as we prioritized the safety of people and communities where we work, live and serve," said Larry Bekkedahl, senior vice president of Advanced Energy Delivery, PGE. "This critical work was completed through close collaboration with community leaders and emergency responders."

PGE said it conducted 10 Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and proactive shutoffs in seven other area altogether. They included the Mt. Hood Corridor/Foothills, Scotts Mills, Portland West Hills, Tualatin Mountains, Central West Hills and the Southern West Hills.

Nearly 500 operational personnel including 112 PGE, contractor and mutual assistance crews worked around-the-clock shifts patrolling, inspecting and making necessary repairs to safely restore power from PSPS and preventive outages, PGE said.

PGE's Community Resource Centers also served approximately 2,475 people during the course of the event, providing access to charging for personal electronics, Wi-Fi and distributing ice and water.

Pacific Power had restored power to all their customers by 5 p.m. Saturday.

PGE kept operating 5 community resource centers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day until power was restored. They were located at:

• Welches Elementary School, 24901 E. Salmon River Rd, Welches

• Firwood Elementary School, 42900 S.E. Trubel Rd, Sandy

• Silverton Safeway, 301 Westfield St, Silverton

• Banks Jim's Thriftway, 12350 N.W. Main St, Banks

• Sheridan High School, 433 S. Bridge St., Sheridan

Multnomah County officials said about 20 residents took advantage of the center at the Corbett Fire Station on Saturday.

Several other areas are also without power, although not designated "high-risk" due to the winds and fire risk, Silver Falls, Silverdale/Corbett, Southwest Scotts Mills, South Molalla, George, Colton and North Sandy are also seeing power outages.

Pacific Power said customers in Linn, Douglas, Lincoln, Tillamook, Marion, and Polk counties would be affected by power outages, specifically in the following areas: Stayton east through the Santiam Canyon, Lebanon, Sweet Home, Lincoln City, and Glide east along the Umpqua Highway.

"Community safety and reducing wildfire risk are top priorities for us," Pacific Power VP of Operations Allen Berreth, said in a statement. "We thank our customers for their patience and understanding through this event.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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